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LAPIS LAZULI (Box of over 30 polished stones) - Afghanistan

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LAPIS LAZULI
 
Lidded plastic box of over 30 small, tumble-polished 'pebbles' of this beautiful semi-precious stone. 
 
The most famous source of lapis lazuli is the Kokcha Valley in Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan where it has been mined since the third millennium BC.  It has since been traded across the world; in ancient Egypt lapis lazuli was a favourite stone for amulets and ornaments.  It has also been worked commercially in Chile and the U.S.A.

Lapis lazuli is a rock consisting of the mineral lazurite but it often contains white calcite, blue sodalite and golden metallic pyrite crystals. When powdered it was the valuable pigment known as ultramarine. Vermeer used ultramarine for his famous painting Girl With a Pearl Earring (1665).

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Size:  9 x 6 x 5 centimetres (size of box)
Weight:  357 grams (including box)

​​​​​​​Price for whole box


PRICE: £30.00